By Scott Harvey
– A few area schools were among the 46 to receive a top rating this year as part of Thursday's education report by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
The study looks at student performance and district spending. Nearly matching last year's results, only 4 percent of the districts got the top rating.
Locally, Caddo Mills, Mount Vernon and Princeton ISD's earned five out of five stars. Other regional schools to receive the top ranking include Anna, Celina, Crandall, Garland, Mesquite and Wylie.
Combs says she'd like to see more get that rating, but noted that the purpose of the study was to inspire districts. Combs was asked by the 2009 Legislature to compile such a report.
In the face of a $27 billion state budget shortfall, the 2011 Texas Legislature cut $4 billion over the next two years in funding for school districts